Newsweekly: 1/10/16

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Newsweekly for January 10

Local Events and Opportunities:

ACRS Breakfast, January 11, 7:30 a.m. West Dining Room of EMUCan Harrisonburg Become a Restorative Justice City? Presenters: Carl Stauffer, professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, and Kurt Boshart, lieutenant in the Harrisonburg Police Department. Carl and Kurt are implementing a collaborative Restorative Justice program of the Harrisonburg Police Department, Commonwealth Attorney's office, Juvenile and adult justice, JMU, EMU, the Fairfield Center, local chapter of the NAACP, and the City School system.  Can this transform the way an entire city implements justice?  Don’t miss this!

 Interested in a one-day peacebuilding and facilitation training? On Friday, January 29, 2016, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding is hosting SPI Community Day: Practical Tools for Building Just Communities. This is a one-day training for local community members who are interested in gaining practical peacebuilding, facilitation or restorative justice tools. SPI Community Day is modeled after the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) and will include a catered lunch presentation, two training workshops and a facilitated group processing activity. Registration costs $20 and can be done online at: There are just a few spots left, so register soon if interested! Contact Sarah Roth Shank at with any questions.

Spiritual practices and resiliency tools for church leaders are important as we care for the people who are constantly ministering to the needs of others. The annual School for Leadership Training, Jan. 18-20, offers a three-day conference that includes two plenary sessions, seminars, worship and fellowship opportunities. “When we spoke to church leaders about what they really needed at this moment, many talked about being overwhelmed,” said Linda Alley, director of School for Leadership Training. “Division and contentious issues inside and outside the church made leaders feel like they were in an endless desert. They longed for an oasis, a place of rest and re-learning those practices that bring healing and hope.” Registration for School for Leadership training is available online or by contacting Linda Alley, at Eastern Mennonite Seminary at 540-432-4698 or Cost is $235 before Jan. 8, and $265 after Jan. 8. To register or for more information visit For news story about School for Leadership Training:

The Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University presents the film series “Across Cultures: Profiles in Courage and Resilience,” featuring 12 films of various genres, including fiction and documentaries, about human rights, environmental and social justice leaders. The series is moderated by Dr. Bob Bersson, visiting Jewish scholar at CIE. The films will be shown on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Room 123. The first film showing is Jan. 13, 2016. Admission is free for all films and the public is welcome.  For more information, visit  Film Series: Profiles in Courage and Resilience  or  email

Eastern Mennonite School Student Visitation Day for Middle and High School will take place Monday, January 18. Students may visit for a half or whole day to experience the EMS difference first hand. Parents are invited to a morning informational session and chapel as well. Contact or call (540) 236-6021 to register.

Not sure if your child is ready for Kindergarten? Come to "Ready, Set, Kindergarten" on Tuesday, January 26 from 6 -7 pm at Eastern Mennonite Elementary School, 314 Cornerstone Lane, Harrisonburg. You'll learn signs of school readiness from a panel of early childhood experts and learn things to look for in a quality Kindergarten program. Babysitting provided for free. Register in advance by at admissions or call (540) 236-6021.

The Highland Benefit Auction and Scholarship Brunch is designed to subsidize camp tuition and provide scholarships for families in need. Save the date and join Highland Retreat on Saturday, February 13 at Eastern Mennonite High School. Contact if you have a new item, service, or baked goods you would like to contribute or see for details.

Upcoming VMC events:

Winter Delegate Session, February 6 at Waynesboro Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, Va. Cost: $15 for meal/expenses.

VMC Youth Workers’ Retreat on “Keeping Peace with God” with Carmen Schrock-Hurst, January 22-24 at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Learn more at

VMC Senior High Retreat on “Peace & Nonresistance” with Titus Peachey and Earl & Pat Martin, February 19-21 at Highland Retreat. Learn more at

VMC Ministry Retreat on “Changing World, Everlasting Word,” featuring Dr. John Roth, February 26-28 at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Learn more at

Travel experiences:

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

"Markets, Museums, Mosques, and Ministries in West Africa" a learning tour to Burkina Faso, Benin, and Ghana, July 11-25, 2016, will be led by James and Jeanette Krabill along with Ed Bontrager. The Krabills were missionaries in West Africa for some 20 years, and now James works with Mennonite Mission Network as Senior Executive for Global Ministries.  For more information, contact Ed Bontrager at or call 540-438-8304.  The full itinerary is online at

Job and Volunteers Opportunities:

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a full time Information Office Coordinator. Serve as receptionist to persons entering the campus center. Provides public service at the information desk by answering questions. Operates the central telephone service and facilities communication services within the university system. Serves as coordinator of all information office staff and services. Provides proofreading, general office work, and website support for Marketing & Communications. High school diploma required. Computer skills are necessary. Submit letter of application, resume and the contact information for three references to: Human Resources, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, For more information visit our website at Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

Choice Books, LLC seeks a Chief Executive Officer. Choice Books, LLC is a faith-based organization that distributes over 5 million inspirational books annually to retailers in the secular marketplace. The current CEO is retiring in 2016 after 22 years of service. The successful candidate will have a passion for Christian ministry, strong servant-leadership skills, and solid business/management experience.  Skills/Qualifications:  Business degree or equivalent. Willingness to lead in a complex, competitive, and rapidly changing environment. Understanding of accounting systems, computer systems, and financial management systems. Ability to work with board of directors and to engage a broad and diverse group of distributor organizations. Experience in retail/wholesale operations preferred. Strong communication skills. Innovative and visionary, bringing new ideas and strategies. The position is located in the Harrisonburg, VA office and will begin May-June 2016. Please send resume with cover letter to:

MCC Service Positions, Akron, PA – Do you know someone interested in service? Mennonite Central Committee needs service workers in our Akron, PA, office for these positions: Administrative Assistants, Canner Operators, Instructional Technologist, Receptionist. Assignments are one- or two-year commitments. MCC covers the cost of transportation to and from assignment, housing, daily living expenses, medical insurance and assistance with student loans. For more information see or email

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

January 10

Ask God to guide Dave and Rebekka Stutzman as they search for a new home upon their return to Germany. Pray that God will guide them to the right location for God's missional purposes.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA