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Newsweekly 11/9/14

Local Events

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.

Monday, November 10, ACRS Breakfast Presentation will be by special guests from another generation, EMU student leaders. Our Speakers are: Becca Martin, Erin Nafziger, and Becca Jo Longenecker.

They will be speaking about three prominent topics that EMU’s undergraduates are talking about.

  • Technology and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Yik Yak, and Tinder and how students are using them to build community. But with the rapidly accelerating creation of new sites and new personal pieces of technology, how do we set limits or establish etiquette for what is appropriate and productive when it comes to technology?
  • Student safety and the concern on EMU’s campus that there are not enough student services focused on educating about and caring for students after the fact of sexual assault or dangerous situations arising around alcohol consumption. It is common campus knowledge that students are not abiding by the Community Lifestyle Commitment. How can we update this document to reflect the community of students who are here now and will be here in the future, recognizing that the majority of our student body is no longer Mennonite?
  • Safe Space and last year’s Listening Process, student-led events that were held in support of change and Safe Space’s purpose at EMU.

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. Terry R Burkhalter for ACRS Program Committee, Margaret Foth & Vernon Jantzi

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


A “Town Hall” meeting with Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, will be held on  Wednesday, November 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church . The format for the evening will be a short update from Ervin and then a time of questions and conversation with those gathered.  The meetings are open to anyone and scheduled for 90 minutes.  Come with your questions, concerns, hopes and fears for the church.

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

EMU Early Learning Center will host an open house Wednesday, Nov. 17, 9-12 p.m., at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Avenue, Harrisonburg.  Stop by to see the preschool environment and talk with the director. (540)433-4002

VMRC will provide free memory screenings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 18, as part of National Memory Screening Day sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The screening consists of questions or tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions. It is not a diagnostic test. Results will be given to participants immediately after the screening. An appointment is required and may be scheduled by calling 540-564-3400.

You are invited to Pleasant View’s 20th Annual Banquet on Saturday, November 22, at 6:00 p.m., in the dining hall of Eastern Mennonite School. Enjoy a delicious meal and an inspirational program: “A life with Meaning: Joanie Hanshaw.”  Music will be provided by Pleasant View’s Worship Team, featuring the new Bell Choir.  Please RSVP to Pamela L. Miller at 896-8101 by November 11.  A free-will offering will be received to support people with intellectual disabilities.

All are welcome to an  annual Thanksgiving Day Service, Nov. 27 at Trissels Mennonite Church, Broadway. Join us  for fellowship and refreshments at 9:30 am. The service at 10 am will include hymns of thanksgiving, an offering toward MCC's work in Iraq among refugees from the Islamic State presented by Anne Hershberger, a brief meditation by Jim Hershberger, and time of open sharing of thanks. Worship leader: Ben Beachy; song leader: Jared Stutzman.

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

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.

Eastern Mennonite University seeks qualified applicants for an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Hygiene Officer. Teaching load (18 SH) in the chemistry department as well as administrative load (6 SH) to develop and implement the chemical hygiene plan. Courses include chemistry, non-majors chemistry, as well as upper level courses in the area of the candidates’ expertise. Doctorate in a field of chemistry. Previous safety training, knowledge and use of GHS, MSDS and experience in working with potentially hazardous materials. Position to begin in the 2015 academic year. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable at first), recent course evaluation (if applicable) and three letters of reference to: Tara Kishbaugh, Professor of Chemistry, Department Chair, Biology and Chemistry, Eastern Mennonite university 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

November 9
Join Brook Hostetter is asking God to give her a true heart of love for her students as she finishes this year teaching English to students at PROMESA in Cusco, Peru and as she returns in 2015 to teach music.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA