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10-26-14 Newsweekly

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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.

Plan now to attend the Nov. 1, 6:00 PM Fundraiser meal and program at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. Help support Lezha Academic Center, a Christian High School in Lezhe, Albania, and a joint partnership of Virginia Mennonite Missions and the LAC's Board of Directors. See videos of the 2014-15 daily life of the 77 students and their teachers, an interview with Principal Klementina Shahini and a financial report by BOD Treasurer Ron Piper. Call or email now or by October 29 to reserve your meal. CONTACT RITA STEINER at 540-421-7166 or giving your name and number attending.

The 13th annual Festival of Praise will be Sunday, November 2 at 4 pm at the Eastern Mennonite School auditorium, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, Va. This praise-filled concert will feature 11 men’s a cappella singing groups and a combination choir directed by Jay Hartzler. An offering will support the ministries of Virginia Mennonite Missions.

Come to the fifth annual Community Mennonite Church Harmonia Sacra sing—Sunday, November 2, at 7 p.m. Harmonia Sacra was published in Singers Glen in 1832 and has been in use since. Bring your own book or use a loaned copy. Prepare a song to lead, or make a request at the sing. Community Mennonite Church is located at 70 S. High Street, Harrisonburg. Jeremy Nafziger

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.

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

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

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: <> .

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 26
Pray for Bethany Tobin and Jeanette Strode in their language study. May God provide an extra measure of grace to these mothers of young children in this intense time of learning.




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