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12-21-14 Newsweekly

Local Events

Pakistani-American Cultural Society of Shenandoah Valley (PACS):
Event: Vigil Memorial Service for Children and their Teachers Killed by Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan
Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Court Square, Downtown Harrisonburg
Please arrive by 6:45 or earlier, bring a safe candle. Parking is nearby in Parking Deck with a very short walk. Tell your friends. Kai Degner, member City Council of Harrisonburg will also be attending.

Join the Shenandoah Valley MEDA chapter on January 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM to hear Lauren Good, a senior consultant/project manager for MEDA, speak about his work with the Tanzania Cassava Seed Champion project. The event will be held in the Campus Center 105 Strite Conference Room at Eastern Mennonite University. A dessert bar will be provided with a small suggested donation. For more information and to RSVP please contact Patty Eckard at

Registration is open for the VMC Youth Workers' Retreat,  January 23-25, 2015 at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center (9275 Barnes Rd., Toano VA 23168). Rachel S. Gerber, Mennonite Church USA Denominational Minister of Youth and Young Adults, will provide resources on "The Changing Face of Youth Ministry." Register by January 16. Learn more at

Making disciples through Life Transformation groups workshop: Interested in exploring a deep, reproducible yet simple way of making disciples within your congregation? Tired of talking about becoming missional and eager to gain traction in the disciple-making task?  VMC pastors, congregational leaders & those interested in developing a discipling culture within their congregations are welcome  to Join us Saturday, January 31 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Park View Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Sponsored by Virginia Mennonite Missions and Mennonite Mission Network. Lunch is included in the registration cost of $10. RSVP to Sarah Showalter at <> or (540) 434-9727.

Save the date: Winter Delegate Session will be February 7 at Waynesboro Mennonite Church, beginning at 8:15 a.m. and ending by 3 p.m. There will be a $10/person cost to cover the meal.

The Virginia Mennonite Conference Ministry Retreat on "Learning from the Early Church" with Alan and Eleanor Kreider will be February 27-March 1 at Willamsburg Christian Retreat Center, Toano, Va. Register at <>

Creating a Scene in Corinth author, Reta Halterman Finger will be leading a Sunday School class at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg through the first century Corinthian discussion and book simulation starting December 21. All are invited to attend this time travel class.

All credentialed leaders assigned to a VMC congregation are invited to: “God’s Gift of Sexuality”: a Pastoral Leadership Consultation on May 15, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountain View Mennonite Church, 5252 North Carolina 10 Hickory, NC 28602. Transportation arrangements to and from the Harrisonburg area are in the works. Speakers are still to be decided. RSVP to Anieta McCracken, Administrative Services Manager, at 540-434-9727 ext 135 or via email to:

Other announcements:

Sales Representative needed for established client list.  Media for Living, publisher of Valley Living magazine, seeks to hire one or two sales representatives. As part of the sales team, you will sell print and online advertising and be responsible for developing advertising leads.  Must be self-motivated with a desire to meet or exceed sales goals. Experience in publishing and sales a plus.  Flexible schedule – set your own hours and work from home. Position begins early January. For more information, visit <> . or call Lindsey Shantz at (540) 433-5351. Submit cover letter and resume to .

The Table Fellowship has changed meeting time and location.  Our small congregation now meets in the Dean House, at 110 Old South High Street in Harrisonburg, across from Community Mennonite Church.  The group gathers on Sundays around 4:00pm, and begins worship at 4:30, with a shared supper following the service.  All are welcome to join us for worship and the meal afterward.  Find more information at or send inquiries to .

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

Pray for all of the VMMissions' workers who will be apart from family over the holidays. May God grant them comfort and joy as they serve Him in faraway places.

Click to view the online VMC calendar <|month-3+22874+22918+22904> .




Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA