Newsweekly: 11/2/14

      Comments Off on Newsweekly: 11/2/14

11-2-14 Newsweekly

Local Events

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.

From Forgiveness to Compassion: The personal journey of a Gaza physician, Nov. 4-5, at EMU – Izzeldin Abuelaish, often referred to as “the Gaza Doctor” in the media, is a Palestinian medical doctor and infertility specialist who has dedicated his life to peace in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Dr. Abuelaish has overcome many personal hardships, including poverty and violence, to become one of the most outspoken, prominent and beloved educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East. Visit <>  for a schedule of events Dr. Abuelaish will be presenting at. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at 540-432-4490 or email for more information.

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.

Our Community Place's Second Saturday Night Out! will be Saturday, November 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Transforming OCP into a fine-dining restaurant, Early Katering Company will serve a delicious four-course meal. Suggested donation is $20. Enjoy a wonderful meal and support your local non-profit community center welcoming the least of these. Learn more at

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

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 Ann Hershberger, a brief meditation by Jim Hershberger, and time of open sharing of thanks. Worship leader: Ben Beachy; song leader: Jared Stutzman.

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: <>.

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 – Prayer Request

November 2
Pray for Caleb and Roni Kiefer, tranSenders serving in Jamaica. This young, energetic couple is working hard to learn and grow into their roles at the Maranatha School for the Deaf. Ask God to bless their desire to serve Him and to continue to pour our His love in them and through them.



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA