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Newsweekly for January 24

Local Events and Opportunities

Update: The VMC Youth Workers Retreat this weekend has been cancelled in light of the expected snowstorm throughout Virginia.

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.

All are invited to The Christians of  Syria: Caught in Another Round of History, a presentation and discussion led by John Haddad, UVA history student and Christian from Syria and Roy Hange, who spent 6 years working with Christians in Syria in the 1990s under Mennonite Central Committee, will be January 20,  7:00 – 8:30 pm  at Charlottesville Mennonite Church, 701 Monticello Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Early Church will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Sunday, January 31, to help raise money for the Yugo & Grace (Schrock-Hurst) Prasetyo family as they prepare to travel to Harrisonburg on furlough in a few months. Grace and Yugo are mission workers in East Asia serving through Servants to Asia's Urban Poor, and their work in the Muslim community there is an approved ministry of VMMissions. Funds raised will help them cover paperwork costs to make their journey to the States possible, as well as airfare and related travel costs for a family of four.  Bring your friends for this 'pay-what-you-will' breakfast at OCP from 8:30-9:30am before the Early Church service at 10am.

The Highland Benefit Auction and Scholarship Brunch is designed to subsidize camp tuition and provide scholarships for families in need. Save the date and join Highland Retreat on Saturday, February 13 at Eastern Mennonite High School. Contact if you have a new item, service, or baked goods you would like to contribute or see for details.

Annual Meat Canning for MCC will be February 22 – 26 at the Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, Hinton, Va. Virginia Mennonite Conference is responsible to provide help on Tuesday, February 23. (Help is needed from 5 am until 11 pm each day.) Friday, February 27 is scheduled as a community day and help is especially needed in the early morning. Anyone is welcome to come and help on any day! Funds are needed to purchase turkey for processing and for the ongoing operation of the Relief Center. If you would like to contribute to this project you can send a donation to the: Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, PO Box 519, Dayton, VA 22821. If you have any questions about this project you can contact Leon Rhodes at (540) 867-9751 or Gerald Knicely at (540) 879-2077. Thanks for your participation in this effort to feed the less fortunate in the world.

Musikgarten at Eastern Mennonite University is now registering students for winter classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners (birth to age 5). Classes are offered at various times on Mondays. The ten-week session begins February 1. Classes will include folk songs, movement, making music with instruments, music games and more in a fun, educational environment. Call (540) 432-4277 for more information or visit

Groundhog Day Celebration: February 2, 2016 – The 7th Annual Pennsylvania Groundhog Day Feast will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Park View Mennonite Church (1600 N. College Avenue, Harrisonburg, Va) fellowship hall. Gathering at 5:30 p.m., meal at 6:00 p.m. This is for anyone with Pennsylvania roots! Spouses are included! Please bring generous portion of an old-time favorite Pennsylvania dish that can be shared with others. We will supply fresh, smoked Belleville sausage and scrapple butchered by an Amish farmer. Last year we had 29 pies and 14 different kinds of pies! Come prepared to have a good time visiting with friends and sharing memories of good old PA food from yesteryear.  We will also have singing and storytelling.  Table service and drinks will be provided.  There will be a donation basket available to cover expenses for this event. Contact: Mary Ann Heatwole at or Call (540) 434-7678, or Lee M. Yoder at or Call (540) 209-1180.

CrossRoads Heritage Center Annual Meeting & Dinner–Friday, February 5, 6:30 p.m. at Dayton Mennonite Church. We are pleased to have John D. Roth, Professor of History at Goshen College and editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review, as our guest speaker.  His presentation is entitled:  Tap Root or Rhizome? Retelling the Brethren and Mennonite Stories as if the Global Church Mattered.  Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Janet Wenger and hear updates on program and capital projects at the Heritage Center.  There is no cost for the meal. All we ask is that you bring a generous contribution for the CrossRoads Annual Fund.  Reservations are required and can be made through our website at or by calling 540-438-1275.

"Holy and Beloved" is a gathering for women who minister in many ways.  Come to share your passions and encourage each other on April 16, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Discipleship Center, Eastern Mennonite University. The day includes worship, workshops and lunch.  Cost is $20 and childcare is provided.

Upcoming VMC events:

Winter Delegate Session, February 6 at Waynesboro Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, Va. Cost: $15 for meal/expenses.

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

Travel experiences:

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

Job and Volunteers Opportunities:

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a full time Information Office Coordinator. Serve as receptionist to persons entering the campus center. Provides public service at the information desk by answering questions. Operates the central telephone service and facilities communication services within the university system. Serves as coordinator of all information office staff and services. Provides proofreading, general office work, and website support for Marketing & Communications. High school diploma required. Computer skills are necessary. Submit letter of application, resume and the contact information for three references to: Human Resources, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, For more information visit our website at Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

Choice Books, LLC seeks a Chief Executive Officer. Choice Books, LLC is a faith-based organization that distributes over 5 million inspirational books annually to retailers in the secular marketplace. The current CEO is retiring in 2016 after 22 years of service. The successful candidate will have a passion for Christian ministry, strong servant-leadership skills, and solid business/management experience.  Skills/Qualifications:  Business degree or equivalent. Willingness to lead in a complex, competitive, and rapidly changing environment. Understanding of accounting systems, computer systems, and financial management systems. Ability to work with board of directors and to engage a broad and diverse group of distributor organizations. Experience in retail/wholesale operations preferred. Strong communication skills. Innovative and visionary, bringing new ideas and strategies. The position is located in the Harrisonburg, VA office and will begin May-June 2016. Please send resume with cover letter to:

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

MennoMedia is in the process of filling various paid and volunteer positions for Project 606, our project to produce a new Mennonite Church hymnal in 2020.  Get details about the timeline and staffing needs at

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

January 24

Pray with Steve and Bethany Horst that God will establish a self-sustaining, self-led discipleship movement in Bangkok that, in turn, will birth contextualized, multiplying expressions of church.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA