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October 11- Newsweekly

Local Events and Opportunities

Come join friends of Highland Retreat at the Annual Banquet on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:15-8:00 P.M. in the main campus dining hall of Eastern Mennonite School. Enjoy a delicious meal followed by an enjoyable program with a special focus on the volunteers who faithfully and repeatedly offer their time and talents. Child care (ages 4-11) and youth supervision including pizza dinner is provided. A freewill offering will be taken to support Highland Retreat. For more information and reservations visit, call 540-705-0554, or e-mail by Oct 20.

Good Company and Soundworks a cappella groups would like to invite the community to our Fall combined concert on October 11 at 3 pm at Park View Mennonite Church.  Please share this invitation with your church (bulletin, community news, etc.) along with the attached poster.  We hope you can come join us as we "fill the valley with voices!"

OCP's October Night Out (Autumn Feast) will be Saturday, October 10, 5pm-8pm. Our Community Place (non-profit community center welcoming the least of these) is transformed into a fine-dining restaurant featuring a delicious 4-course meal. Suggested donation is $25. Enjoy a wonderful meal and support your local community. Learn more at

David the Shepherd Boy, a dramatic cantata, will be presented during Eastern Mennonite School’s Homecoming Weekend, Saturday, Oct, 17 at 7 pm, and Sunday Oct 18 at 1:30 pm, at the Eastern Mennonite School auditorium. No tickets or advanced seating is required. This cantata, featuring special soloists, trios, quartets, children’s choir and adult choir, had been a tradition at EMHS for many years and was last presented at the high school in the late 70’s. Marvin Miller will be back to direct this inspirational musical life story of David in the Old Testament. Anyone who has ever sung DAVID, or would like to have that experience, is invited to join the adult choir. Rehearsals begin Thursday evening, October 15, 6:00 – 8:00 pm with further rehearsals on Friday and Saturday. Call Eastern Mennonite School at 236-6000 for the rehearsal schedule or more information.

Blue Ridge Ministries is offering their annual leadership luncheon October 15 at Traditions Restaurant with conversation around the book, The Spacious Heart: Room for Spiritual Awakening. Authors Don Clymer and his sister Sharon Clymer Landis will share their insights and stories as pastors and lay leaders from various denominations dialogue around the table on the topic. Come join others in the conversation. Register at the lower cost by October 1.

Searching for a college? Don't miss EMU, which is close to home but a world away! Attend the Oct. 16-17 visit planned especially for Mennonite students. Join Mennonites from across the country who are flying and driving in to learn more about EMU. Attend all or part of the events as your schedule suits. Questions? Contact David Yoder,; see details at

“Our Stories, God’s Story,” Mennonite Women of Virginia’s Fall Retreat, is October 30 to November 1 at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, Harrisonburg, Va. Speaker Sharon Clymer Landis, spiritual director and co-author of The Spacious Heart: Room for Spiritual Awakening will provide input. Music will be led by a team from Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. There are scholarships available and day-only registration is available. Register by October 5. Contact Sylvia Yoder at (540) 337-8660 or

Well-loved Southern Gospel music group, Inspirations, bring their award-winning sound to the Shenandoah Valley on Saturday, October 24, 6:15 p.m., Lindale Mennonite Church.  Inspirations’ enthusiasm and musical excellence inspire thousands as they sing uplifting gospel music.   John Schmid, country and Gospel singer from Ohio, will open for them.  An offering will be received at the concert to benefit outreach with churches in Haiti and the Lindale expanding ministries project. For more information, call (540) 833-5171.

The Walk for Our Community Place is a 10K fundraising walk through historic Harrisonburg. Join us Saturday, October 31, 8am-12pm at OCP. Walkers can register as an individual or with a team at All walkers are encouraged to raise $100 or more through sponsorships from friends, family, and coworkers.

Bridge of Hope's 5th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show will be Saturday, November 7, at Park View Mennonite Church. Doors open at 11 am for the silent auction with a meal provided by Bowl of Good, followed by a fashion show featuring clothing from Gift & Thrift and accessories from Ten Thousand Villages. You will also have the opportunity to meet the couple behind the Teeny Tiny Spice Company, and a chance to purchase some of their unique spice blends to try at home! Tickets are $25 per person, or inquire about sponsoring a table! For information please contact

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 or phone (519) 669 4356, or Carl Hansen at 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

Employment and volunteer announcements:

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks a full-time Director of Advancement. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for the gospel, an active commitment to the church, strong skills in leadership, communications, and interpersonal relationships, and the ability to organize and motivate a team. Experience in the areas of fundraising and public relations preferred. Interested persons, please contact Dianna Lehman: More details at

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a full-time Administrative Assistant for the Undergraduate Dean’s Office. Responsible to provide essential support services to the Undergraduate Dean’s Office. Assists in preparing and developing the undergraduate academic division budget; manages the faculty salary/contract process; plans events; coordinates the summer school program. Provides first-line response to questions  addressed to the undergraduate dean’s office; fields phone calls; sorts mail; schedules meetings as requested by the undergraduate academic dean. Collaborates in planning, coordinating and implementing the personnel, information, calendar and events components of the undergraduate academic program of the university. Bachelor’s degree required. At least 3-4 years’ office experience required. Submit letter of application, resume and the contact information for three references to: Human Resources, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, For more information visit our website at 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 full-time Structural Supervisor for the Physical Plant Department. Supervises and implements repairs and maintenance of the building structures on campus. These jobs involve carpentry, masonry, locks, cabinetry, painting, and door and window hardware. Plans and coordinates work in the shop and structural repair work for buildings. Assists in developing cost estimates and plans for remodeling projects Individual is responsible for fire safety compliance as it pertains to building use and code. High school diploma required. Seven years of experience in construction or general building maintenance. Must have knowledge of current building construction materials and tools. Must have extensive knowledge of building products and application. Must be able to read blueprints and have knowledge of fire codes. Must be skilled in the use of hand and power tools. Must be computer literate. Submit letter of application, resume and the contact information for three references to: Human Resources, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, For more information visit our website at 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.

The 14th annual Festival of Praise, a praise-filled concert of men's singing groups and combined chorus, will be Sunday, November 1 at 4 pm at the Eastern Mennonite School auditorium, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg. Featuring 12 singing groups each performing two songs and then combining into a mass chorus for the finale, this concert will raise funds for the ministries of Virginia Mennonite Missions.

Windward: exploring your missional call. Steer into the wind with a 24-hour (evening to evening) retreat offering a space to discern what God is saying to you about your missional call. Leaders Linford and Janet Stutzman will share expertise as cross-cultural mission workers and as leaders of university students sailing and studying in the lands of the Bible. Join us December 4-5, 2015 at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, 712 Massanetta Springs Rd, Harrisonburg, VA. RSVP and find more information at <> Cost is $60/person or $100/couple for all sessions, including meals and lodging.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

October 11

Richard and Elsie Bowman return to Albania this week to spend another year teaching at the Lezha Academic Center. Ask for God's blessings on their health, relationships, and witness.


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA