Newsweekly: 12/20/15

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Newsweekly for December 20

Local Events and Opportunities:

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

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 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

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:

December 20

Lift up Grace, Yugo, and Jeremi Prasetyo as they welcome a new member to their family. Pray that God would knit them together and provide for their increased needs as a family of four.



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA