Newsweekly: 12/13/15

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Newsweekly for December 13

Local Events and Opportunities

  • Eastern Mennonite University invites you to their annual Christmas chapel on Monday, December 14, 4:30 pm at Lehman Auditorium. Gather for an all-campus and community Advent-Christmas worship service on the theme, Who is this Stranger in our Midst? All are welcome to enjoy special music, congregational singing, Scripture and readings featuring the EMU Chamber Singers and students from the theater program coordinated by Ken J. Nafziger, Professor of Music and Heidi Winters Vogel, Professor of Theater.
  • Immanuel Mennonite Church will be hosting a Longest Night service on Thursday December 17 at 7pm. The service will include music, scripture, silence, and candle lighting. In this service we especially acknowledge the darkness of grief and loss in our lives that longs for the coming Light of Christ. The service is also sponsored by Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and Park View Mennonite Church.
  • Eastern Mennonite High School presents "Lessons and Carols" a traditional concert of scripture and song featuring EMS choirs and orchestra.  December 15 and encore performance on December 17, both at 7:30 pm in the school auditorium, 801 Parkwood Drive.  All are invited to these free performances sure to put you in a holiday mood!
  • 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.
  • 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 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

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

December 13:

As Brook Hostetter finishes the academic year at PROMESA in Peru, give thanks for the way God has moved and worked through Brook's love and care for the children in her classroom.





Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA