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Newsweekly 10/19/14

Local Events

EMU Campus Ministries is hosting singer/songwriter Jessa Anderson, from Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22 at 10 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium and a full concert that evening at 8 p.m. in Northlawn Great Lounge.  Both events are open and free to the public.  For more information about Jessa Anderson and her music see her website:

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.

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

Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg/ Rockingham invites you to the Annual Locavore Luncheon and Thrift Shop Fashion Show, Saturday, November 8, 2014. Silent Auction begins at 11:00 a.m. at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Tickets are $35.  Please call Erika Metzler Sawin at 540-383-3430 for information and/or tickets. Join us for a fun event that supports Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg/ Rockingham. BOH offers a church-based approach to ending family homelessness.

The Shenandoah Valley Biblical Storytellers Guild is presenting a Biblical Storytelling program at the Court Square Theater Sunday, November 9, at 3:00 p.m. The program theme is "Can the Duh-sciples Ever Get This?" and includes New Testament stories and parables. There is no admission, but a free-will offering will be accepted. (See the attached flyer.)

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

John Paul Lederach’s new book Reconcile is being provided as a free resource for churches to review in consideration of using it in a sermon or an adult education setting.   Here’s a link to more information on the book and how to receive a copy: <> .

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 <>

Job Openings:

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.

The Refugee Resettlement Program in Harrisonburg has a full-time staff opening. The position includes coordinating English learning activities and school registration for recent refugee arrivals through our office, a program of Church World Service. See more details and apply online at

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.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for an Adjunct Instructor in Biology. Teaching load (5 SH) as an instructor of Biological Explorations, an undergraduate introductory, non-majors biology course. Responsibilities include teaching lectures and laboratory sessions as well as maintaining weekly office hours. Spring semester. Interest in teaching, experience desirable. Doctorate in biology (ABD acceptable) preferred or minimal of 18 graduate hours of biology. Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable at first), recent course evaluations and two letters of reference to: Tara Kishbaugh, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. For more information visit our website at <> . Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.

Virginia Mennonite Missions

October 19
Pray for the spiritual and physical health of those in the slum communities of Indonesia. Remember the Prasetyo family as they give leadership at the Rumah Harapan school and help orient a new team member from New Zealand.


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