Newsweekly: 10/5/14

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Newsweekly 10-5-14

Local Events

Monday, October 13, ACRS Breakfast Presentation, brings Ann Graber Hershberger, Chair of MCC US Board of Directors, to 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”.  Ann will describe how the new structure works and has brought MCC:

  1. stronger connections with the church,
  2. clearer lines of accountability within the MCC system,
  3. healthier relationships between MCC in Canada and MCC in the U.S., and
  4. greater clarity between regional and national responsibilities in MCC U.S.

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. For More Information (future and past programs), click on: Terry R Burkhalter for ACRS Program Committee, Margaret Foth & Vernon Jantzi

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.

A four-session Marriage Maintenance class will be offered at Family Life Resource Center from 7-8:30 each Tuesday evening starting October 7. The class is offered on a freewill offering basis and will be led by Harvey Yoder (who just celebrated his 50th anniversary). a text, Lasting Marriage-The Owners' Manual, will be available for $10. Register at <>  or 434-8450.

Life Beyond the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting: One Light Still Shines – Marie Monville, former wife of the West Nickel Mines Amish Schoolhouse shooter, shares from her book, One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting on Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m. in University Chapel (EMU Lehman Auditorium) and at 7 p.m. in Martin Chapel (Seminary Building). Everyone is welcome. Donations accepted at the door to help cover costs.

The VMRC Foundation and the law firm of Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC, are co-sponsoring a free seminar, Learn the top 10 mistakes in estate planning and how to avoid them, from 9 to 11 a.m., October 9, in Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg.  A light breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m. Speakers are Marshall Yoder and Matt Von Schuch, attorneys from Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver. The seminar will include topics on estate planning, trusts, transfer of retirement accounts, and health care plans. Attendees will receive a packet of estate planning literature. To register, contact the VMRC Foundation office at (540) 437-4306 or e-mail Janice Rhodes at <>

VMRC Memory Care program looks at cognitive changes: Local neurologist Robert McMahon will present “What Happens When the Brain Fails” at 7 p.m., October 9, as part of VMRC’s Memory Care program. McMahon, will speak on the affects of cognitive impairment on personality, mood, language and daily function. The program will help families communicate with healthcare professionals and in caring for persons with dementia. The program is free and will be in VMRC’s Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg.

Our Community Place (community center) will be transformed into a fine-dining restaurant for the Second Saturday Night Out! on Saturday, October 11, 5pm-8pm. Eric Trinka & Todd Van Patter are cooking a delicious 4-course meal. Suggested donation is $20. Enjoy a wonderful meal and support your local community.

There will be a Gestalt Pastoral Care Retreat led by Tilda Norberg at Highland Retreat, October 16-18, 2014.Tilda's healing ministry was featured in the 2013 School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. See attached brochure(Open to Grace Retreat) for more information.

The Walk for Our Community Place will be October 18 at 9 am. Walk options are a 10K or 10 blocks. This Walk is a way for the community to help Our Community Place in its mission to promote personal growth and community well-being in the Harrisonburg area.

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 <> .

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.

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

Blue Ridge Ministries is offering the following retreats this fall:

  • Oct. 31 to Nov. 1:   "A retreat for men: Journey of the heart" led by Kevin Clark and Don Clymer
  • Nov. 8:     "Exploring the 12th century spiritual classic: Bernard of Clairvaux" led by Wendy Miller
  • Dec. 6    "Advent retreat: Now the birth of Jesus took place in this way" led by Kevin Clark

For more information, contact or 540-560-1605. Website: *(For those wishing to register online, unfortunately the info won't be posted on website until after Oct. 7).

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.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

October 5

Pray for the Ramella family as they continue to build relationships in Kosovo. Remember their three boys who are integrating their online schooling with the social networks they have already established.



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70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA