Newsweekly: 10/12/14

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Newsweekly 10/12/14 

Local Events

Monday, October 13, ACRS Breakfast Presentation, brings Ann Graber Hershberger, Chair of MCC US Board of Directors, will help us understand and examine the way MCC is functioning since the major restructuring in 2010. The title of her presentation:  “Approaching the 2020 Centennial: MCC as a true binational partnership”. A special note:  Since the EMU West Dining Room is also being used as a classroom this semester, the ACRS Breakfast will begin promptly at 7:30 AM and will dismiss at 8:45. 

The Walk for Our Community Place, Saturday, October 18. This is a family oriented and fun filled day! Your support helps us support the many people who come to our community center seeking help with their personal and financial struggles. Below you will find information about how to register for the event. We welcome teams as well as individual walkers. Please feel free to phone me so that I may encourage you to participate! Here is the link to our website in the event you are unfamiliar with our organization. Thank you and many blessings.

Skyline Literacy will hold a tutor-training workshop for volunteer tutors who would like to help community residents improve their English speaking, reading, and writing skills.  The training will be held on Saturday, October 18, 9 AM to 2 PM, at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.  Lunch will be provided.  Please register by phone or email at 540-433-0505 or

Author and cultural historian Mary Helen Washington visits Eastern Mennonite University Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 to discuss her new book, "The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s." The Thursday evening lecture is 7 p.m. in the seminary’s Martin Chapel. Washington will also offer “Reflections on the Journey” Friday at 10 a.m. chapel in Lehman Auditorium. Everyone is welcome.

SAVE THE DATE! Fundraiser meal for Lezha Academic Center on Saturday, November 1 at 6:00 PM at Parkview Mennonite Church, 1600 College Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA. Reserve your meal at 540-421-7166 or

Do you need a retreat to refocus your life, ministry or vocation? Join Eastern Mennonite Seminary for “Friday Away”, Oct 24 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday Away is a minimally planned retreat day that will give you space and time to pray, reflect, and enjoy EMU’s campus, resources and labyrinth. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. To learn more and register visit <>

The women of Coffee, Croissants and Conversation would like to local women to an event at The Gathering Place on Saturday, October 25, from 10 to 11:30 am. Ann Graber Hershberger will speak on “Reflections on Women Serving Around the World”. Light breakfast provided (donation welcomed). This is the third of many inspiring quarterly gatherings to come. Please feel free to invite other interested women. RSVP by October 20, 2014, to 316-304-4077 <tel:316-304-4077>  or <> .

Looking for a place to buy locally crafted gifts for Christmas? Come support local artists at the Small and Mighty Market, October 25th from 9am to 3pm. You'll find a variety of handmade goods; wool mittens, children's clothes, toys, cycling caps, bags, and more! Located at Peace House, 264 Old South High St., Harrisonburg. Find on Facebook at: or call 406-273-1209 with questions.

Come join friends of Highland Retreat at the Annual Banquet on Tuesday, October 28 from 6:15-8:00 P.M. in the main campus dining hall of Eastern Mennonite School. Enjoy a delicious meal followed by an engaging program celebrating a special 56-year relationship with the Green Valley Clinic. Child care (ages 4-12), including pizza dinner, is provided. A freewill offering will be taken to support Highland Retreat. For more information or to reserve a place at the dinner visit <> , call 540-705-0554, or e-mail  by Monday, October 20.

You are invited to a special public presentation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary by Dr. Mark Wilson, director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, and renowned scholar specializing in Turkey’s ancient Jewish communities, Roman roads and seaports, and biblical history.  This event is sponsored by the BLESS program of EMS with which Dr. Wilson has collaborated in recent years. Details: 7:00 pm, November 11, Seminary 123. Contact information Linford Stutzman, 540 432 4968, or

Credentialed leaders are invited to a Pastors’ Leadership consultation on the "Role of the Bible" on November 14 at Weavers Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va. Fellowship begins with coffee cake & coffee at 8:30 a.m.; meeting is from 9 to 3 p.m. Speakers are: Duane Yoder, speaking on biblical interpretations of scripture, the difference between flat book approach, Christ-centered approach, and an intellectualized approach; George Brunk III, speaking on the distinctive of the Anabaptist interpretation of scripture; and Dorothy Jean Weaver, with a case study approach involving the group in an inductive Bible study. There is a registration fee of $10. RSVP by October 31 to Anita at 540.434.9727 ext 135 or

Anabaptist Heritage Tour – April 27 – May 8, 2015 led by Myron and Esther Augsburger, along with coordinator Ed Bontrager. Visiting The Netherlands (Amsterdam and Friesland, Menno's area), Ghent and Antwerp, Belgium, Koln Cathedral in Germany, and an afternoon cruise up the Rhine River, Worms, Strasbourg, France, the Alsace Area and the Haute Koenigsburg Castle, Frieburg, Schleitheim, Zurich, Anabaptist Cave, Bern, Trachselwald Castle, Interlaken and Lucerne, Switzerland. Go on-line for full itinerary at – for more info contact Ed Bontrager at or 540-438-8304.

Other announcements:

OFFICE SUITE FOR RENT:   A spacious two-office suite, partially furnished, with separate entrance, good parking, and good signage is available at 901 Parkwood Drive (office building of Virginia Mennonite Missions and Virginia Mennonite Conference).  All utilities, taxes and most insurance included, together with access to shared kitchen, copier/mail room, and restrooms.  $500/month.  For more details, contact Lynn Suter at <>  or 540-434-9727 <tel:540-434-9727> . See photos at <>

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks an Executive Assistant and Human Resources Manager, a full-time position beginning January 15, 2015. This position  provides administrative support to the President and manages human resources matters and personnel. A job description can be seen at <>  Send resume/cover letter to Lynn Suter at <>  or mail to 901 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Does algebra have X’s and Y’s swimming in your head?  Have you ever wished to learn algebra in a low-anxiety, supportive, interactive environment where you can have fun while exploring relevant algebraic principles? I am currently working on a research project that creates such an environment. However, I need participants. So, if you would like to receive free introductory or intermediate algebra tutoring, while improving your grades (or just your knowledge) and giving your constructive feedback, please call Jennifer at 954-254-7286, visit Student Choreographed Tutoring Services ( <> ) or email for more information. This is an online tutoring environment that requires Internet access.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:
October 12

Pray for the Schoenhals family, ministering in Thailand. Remember their young daughter Heidi, who bold shares stories of Jesus with her classmates.




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70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA