Newsweekly: 11/8/15

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Newsweekly for November 8

Local Events and Opportunities

Bridge of Hope's 5th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show will be Saturday, November 7, at Park View Mennonite Church. Doors open at 11 am for the silent auction with a meal provided by Bowl of Good, followed by a fashion show featuring clothing from Gift & Thrift and accessories from Ten Thousand Villages. You will also have the opportunity to meet the couple behind the Teeny Tiny Spice Company, and a chance to purchase some of their unique spice blends to try at home! Tickets are $25 per person, or inquire about sponsoring a table! For information please contact

Shekinah celebrates the release of their new CD, "Songbird: Music for the Young at Heart," an album of cheerful, diverse tunes for all ages. They will have a CD Release Concert on Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. Freewill admission. CD sales and light reception to follow the concert. Shekinah is a female vocal ensemble based in Harrisonburg. For more information about the group, please visit

"To the Ends of the Earth," a Wycliffe Associates Banquet, will be November 17 at 7 pm at Eastern Mennonite School. Jeewan Rai, from Nepal, will be the speaker. Come hear how God is using new translation methods and technology to help take Scriptures to the ends of the earth. For more information and to make reservations, contact Ray & Naomi Ressler (540-433-5987) or James & Ruth Stauffer (540-574-6141). RSVP by Sunday, November 8.

Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. in Seminary Room 123: Dannie Otto, EMU board member and professor of philosophy at Eastern Illinois University, will make a presentation on the theme of the conviviencia between the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities which characterized significant portions of the 750 years that Muslims lived in and ruled significant portions of Spain. This is based on his participation last summer in a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities seminar in Granada, Spain, on The Alhambra and Spain's Islamic past followed by four weeks of travel to relevant historic sites in southern Spain and Morocco.

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. in Seminary Room 123: Three visiting scholars from the University of Religions and Denominations in Qom, Iran, will give a short presentation about their university and then one, Dr. Naeimeh Pourmohammadi Mahounaki, will speak on the topic of "Comparative Sufferings: Imam Hossein's Martyrdom and Jesus Christ's Crucifixion." The event is open to the public.

Northern Virginia Mennonite Church (Fairfax, VA) will have a workday on November 14 beginning at 9 am or when volunteers are able to arrive. Come and join the the work, fellowship and fun of helping to prepare the space on the 2nd floor of our church building where our new worship sanctuary will be built. The only skill you need is a willingness to work. It will be helpful if you are able to bring along a few simple carpentry tools. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to let us know if you are able to help, contact our pastor Earl Zimmerman at:

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.

CrossRoads’ Holiday Fair—Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Begin your preparations for the holiday season with us! Bring the entire family for a morning or afternoon of fun. Stroll through our historic buildings, enjoy craft demonstrations and vendor displays, children's holiday crafts, music and much more.  Get a start on your holiday shopping in our gift shop and pick up a pie just in time for your Thanksgiving celebrations!  You may reserve your pie online at our website at  Linda Miller will be signing her children’s books, A Surprise for Ruth and A Pet for Levi.  Admission is $3 per person.

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.

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.

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

Job and Volunteers Opportunities:

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks an Administrative Assistant to be employed up to 80% time. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for the gospel, an active commitment to the church, be professional and organized, and have a gracious and cheerful disposition. Interested persons, please contact Dianna Lehman: Learn more at

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks a Director of Public Relations to be employed up to 60% time. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for the gospel, an active commitment to the church, strong skills in leadership, communications, and interpersonal relationships, and the ability to organize and motivate a team.  Interested persons, please contact Dianna Lehman: Learn more at

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 8

Pray for the many opportunities that tranSender Caitlin Tice has to interact with customers at New Creation. Ask God to use Caitlin as an advocate for the justice Christ's Kingdom brings.



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA