Newsweekly: 10/18/15

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Newsweekly for October 18

Local Events and Opportunities

Are you a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician and have a desire to help women facing unintended pregnancies?  AVA Care of Harrisonburg is in need of health care professionals to administer pregnancy tests, and educate clients on pregnancy options, fetal development, and sexual health.  Opportunities are also available for sonographers who can perform limited obstetric ultrasounds.  If you are interested or would like to learn more about these opportunities, please call Christie at 540-434-0685 or email

Former Attorney General Mark Earley will speak at 7 pm, Tuesday, October 20, at EMU's Martin Chapel on "Why America Incarcerates So Many People, And What We Can Do About It." This community event is sponsored by EMU's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, and has been endorsed by over 20 community agencies and organizations. A Q&A session will follow.

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.

Come support NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center at a Community Shopping Day at Ten Thousand Villages, downtown Harrisonburg, on Sunday Oct. 25 from 12-4. Ten Thousand Villages will donate a portion of its sales that day to NewBridges. NewBridges has recently moved to new offices downtown and Executive Director, Alicia Horst is accredited to offer immigration law counsel.  Started as a mission of Harrisonburg District, NewBridges is celebrating 15 years of service and looking forward to its future.

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.

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.

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

Shekinah celebrates the release of their new CD, "Songbird: Music for the Young at Heart," an album of cheerful, diverse tunes for all ages. They will have a CD Release Concert on Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. Freewill admission. CD sales and light reception to follow the concert. Shekinah is a female vocal ensemble based in Harrisonburg. For more information about the group, please visit

Northern Virginia Mennonite Church (Fairfax, VA) will have a workday on November 14 beginning at 9 am or when volunteers are able to arrive. Come and join the the work, fellowship and fun of helping to prepare the space on the 2nd floor of our church building where our new worship sanctuary will be built. The only skill you need is a willingness to work. It will be helpful if you are able to bring along a few simple carpentry tools. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to let us know if you are able to help, contact our pastor Earl Zimmerman at:

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.

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

Job and Volunteers Opportunities:

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks an Administrative Assistant to be employed up to 80% time. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for the gospel, an active commitment to the church, be professional and organized, and have a gracious and cheerful disposition. Interested persons, please contact Dianna Lehman:

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks a Director of Public Relations to be employed up to 60% time. 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.  Interested persons, please contact Dianna Lehman:

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

October 18

A VMMissions couple in South Asia is working with a group of Muslims to translate Old and New Testament passages into a more understandable language. Pray for those helping with the translating and those who will read these stories in years to come. Ask God to open their hearts to understand His Good News.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA