Newsweekly: 11/22/15

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Newsweekly for November 22

Local Events and Opportunities

Pleasant View invites you to the 21st Annual Banquet.  Join us for a delicious meal, captivating fellowship, and an inspirational program 6:00pm Saturday November 21, 2015 at the Eastern Mennonite High School Dining Room 801 Parkwood Dr., Harrisonburg, Va.  The program, Teachers of the Soul, will be presented by Dave Gullman and our Pleasant View Worship Team.  Please RSVP by November 11, 2015 to Pam Miller at 540-896-8101 or  A free-will offering will be received to support individuals with intellectual disabilities served by Pleasant View.

Valley music aficionados will have a rare opportunity Sunday, Nov. 22, as the Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Chorus (SVCC) perform together for just the second time. The concert is 4 p.m. in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium. A $7 donation is requested to benefit scholarship students in the Preparatory Music Program.

Stories from Syria: You are invited to Park View Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Sunday, Nov. 22, at 6pm to hear three CJP students from Syria, or who have lived in Syria, as they share their personal experiences, and giving an update on the present situation in that country.

Windward: exploring your missional call. Steer into the wind with a 24-hour (evening to evening) retreat offering a space to discern what God is saying to you about your missional call. Leaders Linford and Janet Stutzman will share expertise as cross-cultural mission workers and as leaders of university students sailing and studying in the lands of the Bible. Join us December 4-5, 2015 at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, 712 Massanetta Springs Rd, Harrisonburg, VA. RSVP and find more information at> Cost is $60/person or $100/couple for all sessions, including meals and lodging.

Join Good Company on Sunday, December 6 at 7 pm at Park View Mennonite Church for Songs of Good Cheer, a festive concert of a cappella holiday music. Admission is by donation ($10 suggested per person). For more information, please visit

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 See the attached brochure.

"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:

Our Community Place seeks a full-time Media & Events Coordinator. Our Community Place is a community center in Harrisonburg, Va., that is open to anyone in the world, and is particularly dedicated to including in it's work and activities individuals dealing with poverty and difficult life circumstances. We are seeking an enthusiastic, organized, and compassionate person with considerable skills in the areas of organization and implementation of events, written communication, web site maintenance, and social media.

Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center is accepting applications for Program Director.  The Program Director is part of the leadership team and oversees our summer camp ministry, our challenge course, our pool, and some non-summer programmed retreats.  Desirable qualifications and experience include: Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent experience, experience in program design and ministry, experience in a leadership role at a summer camp, certifications necessary to lead/teach in ropes course operation and aquatics/lifeguarding. This is a year-round position, weekends required. Compensation is dependent upon experience and includes benefits. On site housing is provided and is required. Interested? Submit a resume, cover letter, and completed application to Bob Briscoe:  Application is online at

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

November 22

Ask for God's guidance for tranSenders Tyler and Kendra Yoder as they continue to seek out opportunities to connect with and disciple college students in their home.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA